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Local Editorials

Law-abiding citizens deserve their rights

Minnesota lawmakers in both political parties would like to address the issue of gun violence. But Republicans and Democrats also share a distrust of one another, and a disdain for the other side’s ideas. This was evident again this week, as Republicans in the Senate introduced several bills ...

World should unite to pressure Kim’s regime

It is tempting sometimes to view North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un as the little dictator who cried missile. Unfortunately, he gets away with his saber rattling too often. He did it again earlier this month, ordering his military to fire three short-range rockets off the country’s east ...

Wall Street gets zapped by panicky investors

Many of us have little detailed, direct control over our investments, which are in 401(k) funds and other instruments through which we save money for retirement. But for those who can and do make regular decisions on how their money is invested, recent days, including Monday, have not been ...

Virus makes news, but don’t forget about flu

Other than avoiding people who may have been traveling internationally, there is not much you can do to avoid catching COVID-19, the coronavirus variety that has been in the headlines. There is something you can do to avoid coming down with common influenza, however: Get a flu shot. Doing ...

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Key is to listen to them The Fairmont City Council this week chose four law firms as candidates to become the city’s civil attorney. A civil attorney provides legal advice, as opposed to prosecuting local crimes, something handled by the County Attorney. One of the choices is Flaherty ...

Democratic race gets really clear, really fast

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ status as the Democratic frontrunner took a beating on Tuesday. While Sanders, the self-proclaimed democratic socialist, did win the big delegate prize of California, former Vice President Joe Biden swept to victory in 10 of the 14 states that held their presidential ...

Businesses need state to help remove obstacles

People sometimes make the mistake of thinking that every business makes money, will keep making money and has lots of money laying around. They forget about our dynamic economy, in which things can change fast. They forget about the rising expenses or fresh competition that businesses face. ...

U.S. has given Afghan people tools to utilize

A peace agreement signed Saturday between U.S. officials and representatives of Afghanistan’s Taliban organization is long overdue, as far as Americans are concerned. We have spent far too much money and lost too many lives in what has become the longest armed conflict in our nation’s ...

Drug shortage warning serves as wake-up call

Shaving a few dollars off the cost to consumers of some medicines — and yes, padding profits on their sale — have led many U.S. drug companies to rely on overseas manufacturers for the products. Last week, the truth of warnings against such dependence was proven. U.S. public health ...

Troubling poll reveals worries about census

Learning how many people live in the United States — and how they live — is important for any number of reasons. That is why the census is conducted every decade. Information the census collects is of interest not just to demographers. It is used to apportion states’ members of the ...

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Area schools impressive Our area school districts continue to impress and amaze us. The Sentinel this week had the opportunity to present stories about innovative and important programs happening at Martin County West and Granada-Huntley-East Chain schools. Martin County West is offering ...

Situation is serious, but it’s no time to panic

So, how worried should people be about COVID-19? What do they need to do to keep themselves and their loved ones safe? There is reason for concern about COVID-19, the coronavirus that has spread to 50 countries after breaking out in China. As of Thursday morning, the disease had killed about ...

It would be tragic to cast aside Scouting

Millions of American boys, along with millions of others worldwide, became better men because of the Boy Scouts. For them, the more than century-old organization helped build character and taught valuable skills. But more than 12,000 boys in the Scouts became victims of the adults they and ...

Allegations out of Iowa are beyond disturbing

If one were to hear that the federal government was launching an investigation into allegations of human experimentation and other medical treatment concerns, one would be inclined to believe that such a probe involved looking at some totalitarian regime overseas. And one might wonder if this ...

Minnesotans can put their mark on campaign

In one week, Minnesota will hold its presidential primary election, one of a number of states conducting such contests on what is known as “Super Tuesday.” A total of 14 will hold their presidential preference contests that day. First and foremost, of course, we encourage citizens to ...

Peace deal? It’s time to get out in any case

A temporary truce took effect Friday in Afghanistan. It is meant to create the circumstances for the United States and the Taliban to reach a peace deal this week. Such a deal would end an 18-year commitment by U.S. military forces in that nation. Ending the U.S. presence in Afghanistan would ...

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County ready to lobby Martin County commissioners this week agreed to pay $20,000 to a lobbyist to aid the county securing a $20 million grant from the state of Minnesota to help pay for the cost of a new justice center/jail. The $20 million would cover about half of the cost of the new ...

Senate Republicans rightly say: Give it back

The state of Minnesota has a big, fat $1 billion budget surplus and the Republicans who control the state Senate have a great idea: Give it back to the taxpayers. They call it the “Get Your Billion Back” plan. A state budget surplus means that the state is collecting more in revenue than ...

Everyone says they want lower drug prices

Everyone wants lower prices for prescription drugs. Every politician says they want it too. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is the latest. On Wednesday, he unveiled a task force report that makes 14 recommendations to accomplish the goal. State lawmakers already are considering some ...

‘Red flag’ laws posing constitutional concerns

So-called “red flag” laws have been suggested by some as at least a partial answer to keeping firearms away from those who might use them to harm themselves or others. But experiences in Florida, which has had such a statute for nearly three years, indicate a variety of concerns about ...